What is Geotagging? Geotagging means writing location information into photo files such as JPEG files. And these geotagged files can be used in different kind of applications afterwards.

With myTracks Geotagging becomes easy. In the following sections the workflows with iPhoto '09, iPhoto '11 and other image organizing programs is presented. If you use Apple's Aperture please also read the Aperture chapter.

Geotagging with iPhoto '09

Beginning with iPhoto '09 Apple did a first step into the direction of Geotagging. Nevertheless, iPhoto only supports manual Geotagging. But manual Geotagging is not needed if you have a GPS data logger because all the information is available to automatically do the Geotagging.

That is the point where myTracks comes into play. The previous chapter already explained how to import tracks from a GPS logger into myTracks. After importing the tracks you only need to drag & drop your photos or events from iPhoto onto the dock icon of myTracks. myTracks automatically does all the analysis and the synchronization with iPhoto. Thus, after synchronizing the photos with myTracks you can switch over to iPhoto and can use Places to see the location of your photos. Besides drag & drop you can use the camera icon in the lower left tool bar to synchronize photos with the tracks.

myTracks will only set the GPS coordinates of the photos in iPhoto. It does not set additional data such as city or country names. The reason is that iPhoto has it's own database for this data. Technically it is not possible that myTracks modifies this information.

The following screencast (no audio) shows how to geotag photos from iPhoto '09 with myTracks:
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Geotagging with iPhoto '11

The workflow for iPhoto '11 is a little bit different. As a first step select one or more photos or an event in iPhoto '11. Then drag & drop these photos to myTracks's dock icon. myTracks will automatically assign the photos to the tracks in the library. In contrast to the workflow with iPhoto '09 the GPS coordinates will not be transferred to iPhoto automatically. But you have to write the GPS coordinates to the photo files first. Click the red geotagging button below the photo list for that. The GPS coordinates will be written to the photos files now. As a last step the iPhoto database has to be updated. To do so, select the photos in iPhoto again and then select "Rescan for loaction" in iPhoto's Photos menu.

iPhoto '11 will only scan for the GPS coordinates themselves. It does not read location information such as country or city names. iPhoto has it's own database for these names.

The following screencast (no audio) shows how to geotag photos from iPhoto '11 with myTracks:
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Geotagging with other applications

myTracks does not depend on iPhoto. You can use myTracks with any other photo organizing application (e.g. Adobe Bridge) or even with the Finder. And again, you only need to select your photos and drop them to the dock icon of myTracks. The photos are analyzed and synchronized with the tracks of your library. But you have to explicitly write back the location information to your photo files. You can do this by clicking onto the red Geotagging button below the list of photos. Afterwards, the location information is available for all the other applications.

The following screencast (no audio) shows the automatic geotagging feature of myTracks using the Mac OS X tools Finder and Preview. At first, a photo is opened with Preview. You can see that no GPS information is available. Then the geotagging is performed with myTracks. Finally, you can see in Preview that the file contains location information. You can even navigate to a Google Maps website:
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Besides the 1-Click Geotagging there is another extended geotagging mode available. This extended mode will be explained in a later chapter.

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